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Democracy Now! Friday, February 13, 2004


Published February 13, 2004


Headlines

* Gov’t Report Warns of Balkanization of Iraq
* Convoy of Abizaid Comes Under Attack in Iraq
* UN Backs Elections In Iraq
* Pentagon Eager to Hand Over Iraq to State Dept
* Garner Predicts U.S. Military Will be In Iraq for “Decades”
* Senate Iraq Intel Probe To Examine Bush & Pentagon’s Role
* More Headlines…


AWOL-Gate: Were Portions of Bush's Military Record Scrubbed in 1997?

As scrutiny increases over President Bush’s National Guard record, we talk with longtime Texan journalist James Moore, author of the forthcoming Bush’s War For Re-election. The book reports that a Lt. Col. Bill Burkett overheard Bush aides ask the head of the Texan National Guard to throw out portions of his military record. [includes transcript]

Ashcroft Seeks Hospital Abortion Records

The Justice Department is demanding that at least six hospitals in New York City, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor and other cities turn over hundreds of patient medical records on certain abortions performed there. We speak with the president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League. [includes transcript]

Cable Giant Comcast Bids For Disney

Comcast, the largest cable operator in the nation, launched a hostile bid to buy the Walt Disney Company that would create a powerful media conglomerate rivalling Time Warner in size and scope. Two dissident FCC commissioners say the deal raises big concerns about the increasingly concentrated media marketplace. [includes transcript]

White House Admits Bush Lied in 2002 State of The Union Over Al Qaeda Obtaining U.S. Nuke Plant Plans

President Bush claimed in his 2002 State of the Union address that the U.S. discovered in Afghanistan detailed plans of U.S. nuclear plants. The Bush administration was forced to admit this week that the claim was not based on factual evidence after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said there was no evidence any such plans were found in Afghanistan. [Includes transcript]

The Dark Side of Valentine's Day - Ties Between the Chocolate Industry and Child Slavery

On Valentines Day–one of the busiest days for sale of roses and chocolate–Global Exchange is working to raise awareness about the state of the world’s cocoa producers which are home to widespread child labor and even child slavery. [Includes transcript]


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